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Cutting-edge educational content and the prospect of networking with peers aren’t the only means of drawing members to attend the annual convention. A more minor, but still significant, draw is the host city, especially when it promises attendees interesting encounters with local attractions and culture. And increasingly, group events are showcasing what the host city […]

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Cutting-edge educational content and the prospect of networking with peers aren’t the only means of drawing members to attend the annual convention. A more minor, but still significant, draw is the host city, especially when it promises attendees interesting encounters with local attractions and culture. And increasingly, group events are showcasing what the host city […]

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The experiential trend in the meetings industry looks to continue into 2020, and into the foreseeable future. Attendees of all types of meetings, not just incentive programs, seem more than ever to crave engagement beyond run-of-the-mill sessions and meal functions.

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The experiential trend in the meetings industry looks to continue into 2020, and into the foreseeable future. Attendees of all types of meetings, not just incentive programs, seem more than ever to crave engagement beyond run-of-the-mill sessions and meal functions.

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Successful Planners Offer Tips on How to Lead a Team

Unlike the high-profile CEO, the head of a company’s meetings department often remains ‘behind the scenes,’ and only impacts great numbers of employees and clients through the events he or she oversees

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Successful Planners Offer Tips on How to Lead a Team

Unlike the high-profile CEO, the head of a company’s meetings department often remains ‘behind the scenes,’ and only impacts great numbers of employees and clients through the events he or she oversees

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While planners aren’t necessarily content experts in their association’s field, they are integral to the delivery of education.

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While planners aren’t necessarily content experts in their association’s field, they are integral to the delivery of education.

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The motivation for extending the wellness initiative into a company’s meetings is typically twofold: On one hand, people are increasingly conscious of their physical and mental well-being — so many attendees will expect meetings to enable them to continue their healthy lifestyles.

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The motivation for extending the wellness initiative into a company’s meetings is typically twofold: On one hand, people are increasingly conscious of their physical and mental well-being — so many attendees will expect meetings to enable them to continue their healthy lifestyles.

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The motivations for meeting internationally are many. Association executives may wish to bring the annual convention to a region where the membership is strong, use the meeting to incubate a membership in a certain region, or perhaps partner with a related organization based outside the United States in staging the event.

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The motivations for meeting internationally are many. Association executives may wish to bring the annual convention to a region where the membership is strong, use the meeting to incubate a membership in a certain region, or perhaps partner with a related organization based outside the United States in staging the event.

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One of the many advantages to being an FICP member is getting the “inside scoop” on new hotel renovations and openings from planners who have experienced the projects firsthand. Nearly every project looks good on paper, and of course every national account manager will rave about the new hotel or renovation, so it helps to […]

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One of the many advantages to being an FICP member is getting the “inside scoop” on new hotel renovations and openings from planners who have experienced the projects firsthand. Nearly every project looks good on paper, and of course every national account manager will rave about the new hotel or renovation, so it helps to […]

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One of the most personalized ways that a hotel chain caters to its group clients is via its national sales representatives.

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One of the most personalized ways that a hotel chain caters to its group clients is via its national sales representatives.

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Today’s young convention delegate may well become tomorrow’s highly involved senior member, but only if that young professional sees value in attendance today.

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Today’s young convention delegate may well become tomorrow’s highly involved senior member, but only if that young professional sees value in attendance today.

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Labels can sometimes be misleading in the lodging industry: While a property with a significant amount of well-appointed meeting space relative to its guest room total may be labeled a “meeting hotel,” the same property with a casino added may become known as a “gaming resort.”

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Labels can sometimes be misleading in the lodging industry: While a property with a significant amount of well-appointed meeting space relative to its guest room total may be labeled a “meeting hotel,” the same property with a casino added may become known as a “gaming resort.”

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